Marilyn R. Rosenberg


Visual and asemic poetry, artists' books, drawing, mixed media. See

Cortlandt Manor NY and New York City NY

914 737 2052, 212 725 1564



Drawings as visual and asemic poetry in artists’ books and bookworks  expand the merged viewing and reading experience by fusing  language and marks into  sculptural space. Dense fragmented language is in the diary notations and is part of the journal keeping.  Like most books, these are also involved with sequential ideas, moving in time and space. Each work is a layered artwork/literature work with a structure, in some way is connected to the book, or a page and to the environment of books. Since the sculptural space, and each page is here fused to the content and the concept. Intense layers playfully unite in the hanging books, alternative book structures, and in individual drawings/ visual/asemic poem pages. Word is often united with image rather than describing the image. Many series merge into one work. Examples are of daily life and the living of it, and feeling it intensely – both the pain and joy (these are the real content of all the works). Conception, birth and dying, death after death, the past, memories and dead hopes are the heavy subjects. But, living joys, such as fragments of song lyrics or poems, or water references, or hints of the mirror image or talking to the new born (in only a language they will understand) are also part of the topics. Car and train travel (activity with time indicators), and fragments of song lyrics (from the past or present) are included with everyday objects. All items are symbols of other things, as well as being what they are themselves. Abstracted narratives are included, as are records of actual birth and death events, work and rest, with both pain and pleasure recorded. A couple themes do run together. When there are no words, the reading sensation still exists. Fragmented words unite with images as they split. Even with reoccurring images, or words, each work uses each differently to tell its unique story, within that concept. Many disciples and techniques are incorporated. Various materials and media are interspersed within one work such as water color and drawing inks and pencil marks and collage. Visual poems on the wall are drawing pages from the lost or unfinished bookwork that may or might not have ever been. Fused, the diverse visual and verbal experiences are caused by merging the multi-layered multiple elements (photos, drawings, shapes and marks), with the themes, with the fragmented readable and unreadable language. Content, vehicle, structure, form, medium, word, and image, reveals concepts- a variety of artists’ books and drawing pages. There is sometimes an univited mouse in the house, more than one, possibly, looking and reading and making trouble.